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Weekly Conservation Officer's report

Sep 18, 2017 10:21AM ● Published by Editor

CO Darin Fagerman (Grand Marais) continued to check bear hunters and baits during the week. He patrolled the BWCA and did a remote patrol by ATV. The CO is getting second hand reports on bear issues.

CO Mary Manning (Grand Marais East) followed up on bear hunting cases and checked hunters in camps and in the field. The officer located the remains of a bear in which minimal meat had been removed; anyone with information on who may have wasted most of the animal is urged to call the TIP line.

CO David Schottenbauer (Silver Bay) worked area bear hunting activity this week. Time was also spent checking anglers on the shore and inland lakes. CO Schottenbauer assisted with an ATV accident in the Superior National Forest.

CO Thomas Wahlstrom (Tofte) continued to monitor bear hunting activity and patrolled for ATV activity in the area. Campgrounds are busy and hunters are having good success with bear hunting. The officer also handled nuisance wildlife complaints and calls regarding deer hunting regulations.

CO Don Murray (Two Harbors) continued to work bear hunting and fishing activity. Most hunters were seeing bears hitting their baits and success seemed fair to good. Angling slowed down on Lake Superior with few fish seen in boats. Enforcement action was taken for licensing violations.

CO Sean Williams (Ely 1) reports bear hunting activity was steady but low in the Echo Trail area during the week. Several hunters checked reported their baits being visited by increasingly larger bears as the season went on. The youth waterfowl hunt was not heavily attended in the Ely area, but success was generally good from those who did.

CO Marty Stage (Ely) worked the bear season, boats, and fishing enforcement. The bear season results have been relatively good and some nice bears are being taken. Fishing has been good as well. The leaves are beginning to turn and the northern lights have been brilliant. Fall is in the air.

CO Anthony Bermel (Babbitt) spent a lot of time in the boat during the week. One individual who was fishing alone on a remote lake was observed using an extra line and smoking marijuana; he was very surprised when he was checked. Enforcement contacts for the week included extra line, small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, license violations, no Type IV PFD, and litter.
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